The upcoming Islanders home game on January 19th against the Philadelphia Flyers could turn out to be a very important night in team history. (And, no, not just because I'll be making the trip up for my first home game of the year either!) The Islanders are promoting this evening as "Town of Hempstead Night" and <a href=http://www.townofhempstead.org/content/tb/supervisor.html>Kate Murray, the Presiding Supervisor of the town of Hempstead</a>, will be dropping the ceremonial first puck.
This is an opportunity for Islander fans to get behind the proposed "Lighthouse Project" - the renovation of the existing Nassau Coliseum and the development of the surrounding area into Charles Wang and RexCorp's ultimate sports, business and entertainment vision: <a href=http://lighthouseli.com>The Lighthouse at Long Island</a>. Your support is crucial, on this evening especially, as Hempstead will be a key player in the ultimate approval of the project.
The Lighthouse Project will not only give a much-needed facelift to the Coliseum itself, energizing the team and invigorating fans for years to come, but will also do the same for the surrounding community and all of Long Island with jobs, entertainment, benefits and revenue. The Lighthouse, ultimately, will be Long Island's most iconic landmark.
Islander fans, I urge you to attend this game, wear your colors, bring banners, get loud ... support The Lighthouse.
In addition to attending the game, or en lieu of if you are unable, a grass roots community organization, <a href=http://www.lilighthouse.com>Long Island Lighthouse Supporters</a>, has recently been launched to show their enthusiasm and support for the project. On the web site, <a href=http://www.lilighthouse.com>www.lilighthouse.com</a>
, you will find the purpose behind the organization, links to the <a href=http://www.lighthouseli.com>offical web site of The Lighthouse</a>, a schedule of important events, contact information for the town of Hempstead council members, including Ms. Murray, and even formatted starter letters to the council members and the Presiding Supervisor that make showing your support as easy as printing the letters out, signing your name and sticking them in the mailbox.
Please, take a second and visit <a href=http://www.lilighthouse.com>the site</a> for more information today.
It's no secret that the Islanders are in dire need of significant improvements to the NVMC, for the well-being of the players, morale of the fans and the attraction of future free agents. The Coliseum facelift portion of the project could end up being a complete facelift for the entire organization. The future of the franchise on Long Island may ultimately hinge on the development of The Lighthouse!
We have seen, time and again, as recently as the Save the Predators rally in Nashville, that community support is an absolutely vital piece to the sustenance of a franchise. Islander fans have always been steadfast in supporting their team when they've needed it most.
Continue that tradition by visiting the <a href=http://www.lilighthouse.com>Long Island Lighthouse Supporters web site</a> today and show your support on Saturday, January 19th against the Flyers.
Every Island needs a lighthouse!